richaarde: (DancingMilk)
I really should make a habit of posting more regularly.

Two weekends ago I made a trip out to my friends B and M, out in Reading, PA. M is Indian, and since my job is in a town with a large Indian community, I told him that there were a bunch of stores in the area with Indian produce. He texted me a shopping list of a whole bunch of fruits and veggies that he can't get where he is. I ended up buying $30 worth of vegetables that I've never seen before and a big chunk of jackfruit for him and his sister's family. I was the only white person in the store, which was kind of amusing.

That Sunday was Jersey Pride, in Asbury Park, NJ, with one of my friends. It was overcast, although I did start feeling the effects of the sun after a while. Unfortunately, there is no place to get out of the sun in Asbury Park. Fortunately I didn't get sunburned, even though I wasn't wearing sunscreen.

This past weekend, dad decided that he needed a new iPad because his old one has been wonky ever since he got the screen replaced. And mom was curious about jackfruit, after seeing a picture of the piece I bought for M. So I bought another chunk of jackfruit and brought it to my parents, and went with dad to get a replacement iPad.

What I didn't do was clean my apartment. My brother and his wife (I have to get used to saying "wife" now) are flying here from Los Angeles on Friday, and, well, my apartment is a mess. I guess I'm not inviting them up here, because I'm not going to have time to clean it before then.

Sad stuffs

May. 25th, 2017 10:12 pm
richaarde: (Me2016)
My good friend's father passed away last week. I just talked to him recently, and he seemed chipper and in good spirits. The guy was always in a great mood. What he had took him down quickly.

I attended the funeral Monday morning. I wasn't able to stick around for the burial, but at least I got to pay my last respects. Rest well, Tony.

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I'm worried about my own grandmother. She's still alive, but bedridden and in a lot of pain from her broken hip. I know it's weighing on my father, but at my grandmother's age there is little that can be done.
richaarde: (TrueFalse)
The good: I got to see The Damned live, for the second time, on their 40th Anniversary tour. They played a sold-out show at The Stone Pony

Also, I got tickets to see Paul McCartney in September. I've always wanted to see him live, and I am finally getting my chance to. They're nosebleed seats at the Prudential Center in Newark, but it'll be worth it.

The bad: My grandmother in Poland that I saw last year broke her hip. They operated on her, and they were able to put it back together, but at her age (96) the chance of complete recovery is slim, and she will almost certainly never walk again.

Thankfully, at least my dad is taking this news well.

The ugly: This abomination.
richaarde: (Divine)
I'm going to be crossposting from Dreamwidth from now on after this post, just in case LJ takes a shit, or Pootie-poot's government starts making the site do really egregious things. Feel free to comment there or here. I'll respond either way.

I am richaarde on DW, just like I am here.

Also, if somebody knows how to back up my LJ posts onto DW, please let me know, because I'm trying to figure it out and I can't.

EDIT: Never mind, I figured out how to import my LJ posts.
richaarde: (TrueFalse)
It's dawned on me that I'm having a harder and harder time seeing tiny things up close. When did that happen? Old age is creeping up on me. Time to get hooked up with some bifocals. Bah.

Work is going well, at least. The bosses seem pretty happy with me so far, and the company seems busy. So hopefully I'll be able to stick around for a while.

I got my income taxes done. I ended up owing quite a bit to the feds, which I was expecting since I was on unemployment all that time and I elected not to have money taken out for taxes. Surprisingly, I am getting a little money back from the state.

My little brother is getting married (!), and is having a reception here in NJ for family and his old friends in June. The task of toasting him at the reception falls on me, apparently. So I have to come up with something to say between then and now to give my brother and his soon-to-be wife (sounds weird saying that) a hearty send-off from my family. I'll try not to scare the new wife too much.

Have a slightly creepy film:
richaarde: (Divine)

I don't know what sort of nefarious things the Russkies can do with my posts, which mostly consist of me whining about my mental health, but somehow I'm not worried about it either. I'm not going anywhere. (Of course, if you don't already have me added on FB or IG, you're always welcome to add me there, though most of my FB posts are just links to stuff that amuses me).

I have a nasty cold. I thought I had a bottle of Afrin laying around, but now I'm remembering that I threw it out because it was years past the expiration date. So now I have to run out and get another bottle before the stores close.

richaarde: (Blowup head)

In the days after a snowstorm, I like crushing little leftover bits of snow that the plows didn't quite get near the sides of the road with the wheels of my car.

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richaarde: (TrueFalse)
Beware the Ides of March.
richaarde: (Hamburger)
So far, the new job has been going very well. I've been working mostly on plans for a small retail building, with a few little things thrown in here and there. So far, everyone seems happy with me, and I've been holding up well. The boss is fairly easy-going. As long as people are doing your work, he doesn't mess with anyone. So I think I'll stick with this one for a while.

I also thought the commute would be worse. As it turns out, they did make a minor improvement at a bottleneck point where traffic used to back up (at the I-80/I-287 interchange). Traffic still backs up a little, but it moves. It's not a guaranteed 15-minute wait like I remember it being in the past. The ride home is usually a little after the worst of the rush hour, and is normally not that bad.

(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)-(0)

Have a video:

richaarde: (ReceiveBacon)

If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?

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richaarde: (MustNotFap)

So I managed to land a job, and I start tomorrow.

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richaarde: (Me2016)

When you're on your way to a job interview and you realized you forgot to shave...

Luckily I come prepared. Not too bad for a shave done on the side of the road with a disposable razor and hand sanitizer, if I do say so myself.

richaarde: (MustNotFap)

I've been quiet lately because I haven't really had anything to talk about.

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richaarde: (Me2016)
No actual post, so instead I'll give you this video that you won't be able to stop watching.

Real post when I get around to it eventually.

richaarde: (Hamburger)
I realize I've been kind of absent here. I just haven't had much to write about lately.

- Christmas was tolerable. My family always does a party on both Christmas Eve and Christmas. On Christmas Eve, it was over Uncle Boozy's place, where he opined on all the wonders that a Trump presidency would do for our country. The rest of the guests were less than impressed, for some reason. And as usual, Uncle Boozy was pretty thoroughly lubricated, but not to the point where he was staggering and slurring his words. Christmas Day, everyone came over my parent's house. Mercifully, they avoided the subject of politics on the second day.

One bright spot was watching my cousin's kid, who turns two next month, open his presents. Last year he was too young to be aware of what was going on. This year, he stood with wide-eyed wonder as he got a bunch of toys. I got him a bulldozer, my parents got him a keyboard, and somebody else got him a bus that played songs. He went home happy.

Have a video:
richaarde: (Mr. Rude)

- Day two of the clomipramine. It isn't leaving me feeling irritated at everything like the amitriptyline was, but it also doesn't seem to be as helpful for the migraines. Or it could just be because of the med switch, and I need to give it a few more days. Blah.

- I'm still not understanding why my dad wanted a smartphone. He isn't exactly tech savvy to begin with, and every time he needs help with something I end up having to go there to figure it out. Somehow he managed to get into a slideshow feature on his photo app and couldn't figure out how to back out of it, and I couldn't get him to do it over the phone. So I had to drive down there and do it for him.

At least I got a nice dinner out of it from my mom. So there's that.

That's all I got for now.

richaarde: (Blowup head)
Life has been boring, so have a video instead.

richaarde: (Hypnotoad)
- The second trip to Los Angeles was fun, until my parents started getting on my nerves. I appreciate that mom and dad still care about me, but I'm still a 40 year old adult. If I do any more outings with them, I'm going to have to limit it to a day or two.

Other than the nagging, though, we did have a good trip. Over the course of the trip, we did the following: Reagan Library, parents met my brother's new girlfriend, Hollywood Walk of Fame (total tourist trap, as expected), watched the sunset at Dume Point, Thanksgiving dinner at a very nice restaurant in Malibu, LaBrea Tar Pits, Automotive museum, Black Friday shopping at a mall, Placa Olvera, dinner at a garlic-themed restaurant (The Stinking Rose), and hopped on the plane still smelling like garlic for the flight home.

Pics here, will leave the account public for a few more days before I lock it up: https://www.instagram.com/richaarde/

- On the flight there, someone in another seat was watching All The Way, starring Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B Johnson. I was listening to music and kind of watching along from far away. It looked like a good film. I kind of want to see it now.

- Somewhere along the way, I picked up a case of bronchitis. I was coughing through most of the vacation. This morning, my doctor gave me some industrial-strength cough syrup and some antibiotics this afternoon. Blah.

- I am supposed to have a job interview tomorrow, but I'm really in rough shape. I should probably call them tomorrow morning and ask them to move the interview. It probably seems like poor form, but if I'm in bad enough shape to go to the doctor then I probably should stay home.
richaarde: (Poff)
- I paid a visit to the psychiatrist yesterday. Since Luvox has been leaving me feeling dissociated from everything, the next drug in his bag of tricks is clomipramine. But first he wants all of the Luvox to clear from my system, so I have to stop the Luvox now and wait two weeks to start on the clomipramine. So I should be feeling awesome the next two weeks. Whee!

- So I am flying out to Los Angeles for a second time, as I may have mentioned. This time, the whole family will be spending Thanksgiving together. I will once again be making my Instagram public, so if I take photos you will be able to see them here: https://www.instagram.com/richaarde/

In addition, the pics I took with Vermin Supreme are there.

- Speaking of Vermin, I read his book to take my mind off of the recent election. Oh my Lemmy, is that man ever batshit insane...
richaarde: (Divine)
I'm so irritated with this election, and the aftermath.

I want to take a walk to calm myself down and clear my head, and I can't even do that because the weather is shit.

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